Well, I’ve already described what is a minimalist—to me anyway, what is a minimalist. Here however, in this case, the title of this blog post, it’s used as an adjective, minimalist. It describes, with the same meaning it has as a noun, the other word, millennial.
So what is this millennial then? And really, what is a millennial? This question is a part of the definition, I think. What is a millennial?
It’s a word used to describe a generation, millennial. A generation that came-of-age—into adulthood, the scam it is—in the early years of the new millennium, I’ve seen it put. People who were born in the late 1980’s all the way up till about the turn of the century, 2000. Though dates vary. The generation after the Generation-X generation. Or “Echo Boomers” they’re sometimes referred to, millennials, according to Wikipedia, children of the Baby Boomer generation.
Millennials were effected heavily by “The Great Recession” in ’08, and technology—the Internet. And all the other problems of modern life they shoulder as well. Whatever these problems are. While the backdrop of it all is pollution, and climate change.
More evidently during the life of millennials, pollution has caused a violent shift in the climate of the Earth. This was the last generation to get outside as kids—if they did. And so, because all this, they appear more in-tune with nature.
But there’s a great divide in this millennial generation. Which is part of the reason their identity as a whole is so blurred, I believe. Some millennials followed the paths of their parents—conservative millennials, let’s say. They went to university. They got comfortable corporate jobs. They subscribed to that life, the life of their parents, the Baby Boomers.
For the rest of the millennials, there are no jobs. Or the jobs that are available, they pay very little. While the cost of everything else rises,—though quality decreases—shelter, education, healthcare, food, everything. And it’s these whom I consider these minimalist millennials.
With good jobs unavailable to them, college being too expensive to attend profitably, these minimalist millennials have had to find other ways to navigate life. They’ve learned to live with less,—minimalists—though more—entrepreneurial. And one of these ways was through the Internet—which is free. Which has provided education to the self-learning autodidacts,—more broad, and focused, I’d argue, than any education that can be found in the universities, a proper education online, and at libraries—and even an income to some.
This is the half of the generation that will define it properly, I’m certain, minimalist millennials, innovative, adaptable, intelligent, and enterprising. They’ve been raised lean,—despite this illusion of prosperity—and are hungry and quick because. The old ways of doing things, approaching life like their parents and some of their peers, that tube of supposed security through which they’re funneled, has already been broken.
But I must admit I am a bit partial. Since I am a millennial myself—one of these minimalist millennials, more specifically. Though I’ve dipped a foot into the life of these conservative millennials. The waste round me I saw, it seemed imperative I find my own way instead.